Forward Noel Acciari missed his 13th straight game for the Boston Bruins as he continues to recover from a broken finger that required a plate and six screws to fix.
However, there is good news: it looks like the energetic forward will return this weekend against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 25-year-old joined his teammates in the Wednesday's morning skate at Madison Square Garden, but did not play against the New York Rangers. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said he should be ready to play either Friday or Saturday in the home-and-home Atlantic Division rivalry series against the Leafs.
"Noel is day-to-day and won't be in tonight obviously with the same lineup [as the win over Minnesota], but we're shooting for Friday, and if not then Saturday. He's that close," added Cassidy. "It's kind of a last little home stretch here for him [before he plays]."
Acciari only took part in a single game this season, and the Bruins have been unlucky with many injuries on the lineup. The teams - and the fans - will sure be glad to have him back in the fold.